Matt Dickinson in Nepal

Stonebrook member Matthew Dickinson shared his testimony on a Sunday morning in January. He talked about what God has been doing in his life, in particular, using him in Nepal. Originally from Council Bluffs, Iowa, he came to Iowa State University to study Aerospace Engineering, but ended up graduating in 2014 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his studies, he connected with the Rock, and realized that his heart was not fully running after God. After God’s work in his heart, he came to know the Lord and has been with Stonebrook and the Rock ever since.

One major conviction Matt has is to share the Gospel with the unreached, and to disciple them to follow and obey Christ’s teaching. In March 2016, Matt participated in a spring break trip to Nepal. While there, he was convinced by the Holy Spirit that he needed to do more.

Matt found that being in Nepal helped him to care about those who don’t know Christ.

“Unreached people groups need to be a high priority in my life. We say to love others by sharing the Gospel, and my response is usually, ‘I could do something’ or ‘I care about them,’ but my actions don’t say that all the time.”

The Gospel in Nepal

Unreached people groups
Unreached Population
Largest Religion
%
Hindu

According to the Joshua Project, 259 out of 268 people groups in Nepal are unreached (96.6%). After Nepal is India, in which 2,077 out of 2,295 people groups are unreached, or 90.5%. These percentages are some of the highest in the world.

Matt decided to head back to Nepal for a longer period. He left on the 4th of February and came back on the 5th of July.

“I was leading several Training for Trainers (T4T) groups, which wasn’t possible before,” Matt said. He spent a lot of time with Mike and Su Keator, who have been leading the charge of sharing the Gospel in Nepal/India since 2009.

Matt has been considering staying in Nepal for the rest of his life, and is using this trip as an opportunity to see if that is where God is leading him.

What is the Joshua Project?

The Joshua Project is a research initiative seeking to highlight the ethnic people groups of the world with the fewest followers of Christ. Accurate, updated ethnic people group information is critical for understanding and completing the Great Commission. Revelation 5:9 and 7:9-10 show that there will be some from every tribe, tongue, nation and people before the Throne in the last days.

Photos taken by Matthew Dickinson

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